A complete dental exam will be performed by Dr. Nugent and team at your initial dental visit at our Pasadena, Texas Dental Office. Your exam includes:
Digital X-rays — Diagnostic x-rays (radiographs) are vital for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also reveal tooth and root positions.
Examination of tooth decay— All tooth surfaces will be examined for cavities with special dental instruments. Furthermore, Dr. Nugent will use a cavity detecting laser to aid in decay detection.
Evaluation of existing restorations — Dr. Nugent will check current dental restorations.
Oral cancer screening — We will examine the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation — Measurement of the gum tissue and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
Professional teeth cleanings are usually performed by Dr. Nugent’s amazing hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam by Dr. Nugent and the following:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is cement like substance that is created when bacteria colonies mineralize. It attaches firmly to the tooth and no level of home cleaning will be able to remove the calculus. Calculus can form above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments used by your Hygienist.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, white film that forms on the teeth. It is a blanket of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria waste products are toxic to the gum tissue. These toxins irritate and inflame the gum tissue causing red puffy tissue. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Teeth polishing: You hygienist will remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Dr. Michael Nugent is a family dentist located at 3421 Burke Rd, Pasadena, Texas 77504. He has been voted BEST PASADENA TEXAS DENTIST multiple times. Dr. Nugent is the third doctor/owner of the dental practice. The practice was started in the 1950. It is a great testament that our office still has tons of patients that started with the practice in 1950. Dr. Nugent has a strong focus on family, sedation, cosmetic and dental implant dentistry.